From the titillating burlesque you imagine when you first think of the genre to one that fuses with lucha libre, Los Angeles has it all.
Our Black bodies are not platforms or podiums for anyone or any movement.
Sometimes, these concerns come from a place of determining my safety. One wrong admission can put me in harm’s way of being attacked, physically or verbally. But at other times, these concerns come from wanting to avoid people projecting stereotypes onto me.
“For me, fat is a way of saying f*ck you.”
In this photo essay for #BodyPositivityInColor, burlesque performer Janna Zinzi (a.k.a. jazabel jade) writes about the transformative power of burlesque, its importance to Black and Brown dancers and body acceptance for non-normative bodies.
As a champion of the fact that all bodies will not be the same or contort the same, Stanley has become an unintentional guru.
As a black trans woman, getting my breasts augmented would make me feel safer in public, and help me feel more at home in my body. Could I reconcile cosmetic surgery with my feminist ideals?
I’ve never had my eyebrows shaped, plucked, threaded, waxed, filled in, tinted, drawn on, or otherwise groomed. And I’m okay with that.
Although I have grown to accept my body in many ways, the pressures of society and the weight of patriarchy make this a journey. A journey that has its ups and downs.
The first step for me was being honest about the traumas that I’d experienced, not only with myself, but with my partner and trusted friends.